Archive for September 14th, 2008

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Xperia X1 advertising campaign

image Looks like Sony Ericsson are going to be really pushing the launch of the Xperia X1, the guys over at the SEMC Blog have spotted some interesting advertisements which will shortly be appearing in the press. We have them after the break. Also don’t forget on the 15th of September to join the live in depth video demonstration and questions session online at 1pm GMT+1 if you want to see the device in more detail.

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Palm Treo Pro unboxed

A few weeks ago we attended the Palm Treo Pro launch even in London and since then I’ve been trying to get my hands on a review unit. Finally managed to get my hands on one last Friday and have spent the last few days ‘playing’ with it.

Palm Treo Pro_Facing_hi res

The Palm Treo Pro


So far I’m quite happy with the Treo Pro, battery life seems really good and I quite like the fixed QWERTY keyboard rather than a slider. The OS is quite fast thanks to the 400MHz CPU and 128MB RAM.

I dislike the fact that it uses a Micro USB cable rather than Mini USB – every other device that I own, from Cameras to WM phones, has a Mini USB so this now means another cable to carry. I guess no big deal but it means I have to remember to take it with me if I think that I might need to charge or sync. Interestingly, when we saw the previews of the Treo Pro the other week, we commented that Micro USB cables were a lot easier to insert the wrong way and therefore damage the socket. We said that there needs to be an arrow or mark on the USB cable to show which way up. In the final version Palm sent me this week they have in fact done that!

The screen on the Treo Pro is a 320 x 320 touchscreen which is fairly unusual, I can think of only a few other devices that run at this res. This can cause problems with some third-party software so if you plan to use anything on the Treo you’ll want to check it’s compatible. The LCD screen also seems quite well set back from the flush front of the device. For me it makes stylus use feel a bit strange and somehow disconnected from what I see on screen.


I am possibly being a little over critical of the Treo Pro, overall I quite like the all in one design, the fact that it has built-in GPS and WiFi is good too. Have a look at the unboxing video which should act as a nice teaser before the review later on!


Palm Treo Pro unboxed


Palm Treo Pro specification:

  • Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional Edition
  • Qualcomm MSM7201 400MHz CPU
  • 256MB storage (100MB user available), 128MB RAM
  • 320×320 transflective colour TFT touchscreen
  • Tri-band UMTS — 850MHz, 1900MHz, 2100MHz
  • Quad-band GSM — 850/900/1800/1900
  • Wi-Fi – 802.11b/g with WPA, WPA2, and 801.1x authentication
  • Bluetooth Version: 2.0 Enhanced Data Rate
  • MicroUSB 2.0 for synchronization and charging
  • Built-in GPS
  • 2.0 megapixels, up to 8x digital zoom and video capture
  • Removable, rechargeable 1500mAh lithium-ion; up to 5.0 hours talk time and up to 250 hours standby
  • microSDHC cards (up to 32GB supported)
  • 3.5mm stereo headset jack
  • 60mm (W) x 114mm (L) x 13.5mm (D); 
  • 133 grams


EDIT: Our Palm Treo Pro review is now live!


Posted by: Matt

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Windows Mobile Satellite Phone

image EB and TerreStar are working to bring to market the world’s first quad-band GSM and tri-band WCDMA/HSPA smartphone reference design with integrated satellite-terrestrial voice and data capabilities in a compact form factor. It will be a fully IP-based satellite handset reference design using high speed packet data. The smartphone reference design will have a touch screen and a full QWERTY keyboard and based on Windows Mobile.

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